Cushing’s Disease in Dogs Part 2: Diagnostic Approach
Diagnosis of Cushing's disease in dogs requires incorporating information from the history, physical examination, and routine laboratory tests.
A diagnostic approach to addressing Cushing’s disease in dogs, or canine pituitary dependent hyperadrenocorticism (PDH), and information needed for laboratory assessment.
Senior Cat with Front Paw Swelling & Pain
Stephanie Apple, DVM Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Sandra Diaz, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVD Ohio State University A 15-year-old castrated male domestic shorthair cat presented with a 2-month history of progressive lameness, swelling, and pain in its right front paw. HISTORY The patient was an indoor only cat. No other animals in the household were …
In-Clinic Hematology Results: What’s Your Diagnosis?
Daniel Heinrich, DVM, and Leslie Sharkey, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP (Clinical Pathology) University of Minnesota In-Clinic Hematology: The Blood Film Review discusses why microscopic evaluation of blood films is critical to patient care. Two main reasons highlight the importance of blood films: To verify in-clinic analyzer results To identify critical diagnostic features that these analyzers …
An Uncontrolled Diabetic Cat
Ann Della Maggiore, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM University of California—Davis Sugar, a 12-year-old spayed female Maine Coon cat, presented for poorly controlled diabetes and diabetic neuropathy. HISTORY Sugar was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus 2 years prior to presentation. Initially, her diabetes was moderately controlled on 5 to 6 units of recombinant human protamine zinc insulin (PZI) …
Feline Acute Pancreatitis: Current Concepts in Diagnosis and Therapy
Pancreatitis appears to be a common disease in cats, yet it remains frustratingly difficult to establish a clinical diagnosis with certainty. Clinicians must rely on a combination of compatible clinical findings, serum feline pancreatic lipase (fPL) measurement, and ultrasonographic changes in the pancreas to make an antemortem diagnosis, yet each of these 3 components has limitations.
Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and Sepsis, Part 1: Recognition and Diagnosis
Animals with evidence of a widespread systemic inflammatory condition should never be ignored; the deleterious consequences of excessive inflammation may include organ injury and death. Recognition and diagnosis of these emergent patients is the focus of Part 1 of this article series.
Heartworm Diagnostics: What Do the Latest American Heartworm Society Canine Guidelines Tell Us?
Wallace E. Graham, DVM The Heartworm Hotline column is presented in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). The goal of the column is to communicate practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease, as well as highlight current topics related to heartworm research and findings in veterinary medicine. Standards of practice in …
Otitis Externa Series Part 1: Diagnosis of Otitis Externa
Otitis externa is a prevalent complaint in patients presented to small animal practices. This inflammatory disease of the external ear canal and/or pinna can have an acute or chronic presentation. Management of otitis externa depends on identifying and treating predisposing and perpetuating factors, as well as primary and secondary causes.
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approach: Dogs Infected with Bordetella bronchiseptica and Canine Influenza Virus (H3N8)
Severe cases of kennel cough are highly contagious and can result in life-threatening respiratory compromise. This article provides detailed discussion, from risk factors to treatment of this disease complex, including managing critically ill dogs.